ERIC Number: ED221381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Directional Heading of an Automobile and Steering Wheel Deflection. Applications of Calculus to Engineering. Modules and Monographs in Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications Project. UMAP Unit 506.
Prussing, John E.
This document looks at specific applications of calculus to engineering. It is noted that for an automobile traveling at constant speed, the mathematical relationship between the directional heading and the angular deflection of the steering wheel can be calculated with respect to time. An analysis is presented which derives the relationship from basic geometrical and kinematic principles. The derivation is seen as an example of calculus use in the mathematical modeling of dynamic systems. This module contains both exercises and a model exam, with answers provided for both at the conclusion of the document. (MP)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Engineering, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Supplementary Reading Materials, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.